Beers & Bobbers at Southern Tier Brewing Co.
The Bonneville lineup continues to grow. To introduce their new Bobber Black and Speedmaster models, our friends from Triumph Motorcycles organized the Back in Black tour. This V.I.P. party took place across the United States in different cities to offer an exclusive look at the new additions. Pittsburgh’s stop was held Wednesday, November 8 at Southern Tier Brewery on the North Shore, providing a great mid-week excuse to drink a bunch of beer and bullshit with other Triumph enthusiasts.
Concentrating on consumer demand paid off in a big way for Triumph. The new Bobber became their fastest-selling model in their long history, and as you’d expect, they have built on it since. One of the new models featured for this tour is the Bobber Black. Like the name suggests, Triumph has swapped much of the chrome for stylish black components. The front end also received big upgrades, with 47mm Showa forks, a wider 16 inch front wheel, and a second front disc.
Forward controls on a Bonneville? I’ll admit it was somewhat odd getting used to at first, but the new Speedmaster cruiser has potential. It’s similar to the Bobber Black as far as the 1,200cc parallel twin engine, but the easygoing rider position, beach cruiser handlebars, and larger fuel tank make the Speedmaster something of its own. Other noticeable differences are the presence of more chrome and polished aluminum, a removable passenger pad seat, and a classic frame-mounted rear fender.
In addition to these two new models, Triumph had many other bikes spread around Southern Tier. It was the perfect opportunity to ask someone to hold your beer while you threw a leg over a Thruxton or Scrambler.
The night was hosted by Mosites Motorsports. Vendors included Steel City Mods & Rockers and The Paint Chop.